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Ah yes, but were Romney and McCain (and for that matter Bush . Reagan or Dole) any better? What I find amazing is that, for all their money and media advantages, the GOP has so little talent at its disposal.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 04:42:27 AM EST
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That money isn't fostering talent; it's fostering tools, talking heads.
by rifek on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:14:37 PM EST
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Romney and McCain - not by much, and they both lost.

Bush Jr. - Yes, he was.  He had some charisma to him, and somehow managed to turn his idiocy into charming idiocy.  It didn't work so well on serious Dems, but it was inarguably there.

Dole?  No, and he lost.  He did have gravitas, though, and could be taken seriously, being of the Old Generation.

Bush Sr.?  See Dole.

Reagan - Well ...

by Zwackus on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 03:09:14 AM EST
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I'd say all of those candidates were better than the crop this year, yes.

Reagan and Dubya both had a certain charisma and humor about them that people in the middle -- who largely have no ideology and don't pay much attention to policy -- could relate to.  Both had a certain talent on the stump and had people around them savvy enough to cultivate relatable images.

I'd say McCain was the weakest of that group, although it's a close race with Dole.  McCain's kind of an airhead, and nobody outside of the press in DC really likes him.  Nevertheless, both were infinitely more qualified and nowhere near as ideologically rigid as the yahoos who ran this year.

Bush Sr could be quite funny and wasn't completely stupid.  Of the post-Nixon Republicans, he's probably the least offensive.  But he was obviously an old Yankee patrician type and obviously wasn't the talent that Bill Clinton was (back before Obama drove Clinton insane).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 22nd, 2016 at 08:58:15 AM EST
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